This chapter described how plant physiological processes such as photosynthesis, respiration, and transpiration are tied to a plant's cultural requirements. Sunshine, soil, and water provide the plant with nutrients and energy for growth. Plants differ in terms of the quality and quantity of sun, water, and nutrients they require, and also in their preferred soil texture. The horticulturist's job is to provide plants with the highest quality light, water, and soil possible in accordance with their individual needs. Growers must be aware of the cultural requirements of each of the plants in the garden. The next chapter presents the interactions between plants and other organisms and how they may be beneficial or detrimental to the garden.

5 Ecology and Pest Management

Nature never deceives us; it is always we who deceive ourselves. -Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) Swiss philosopher

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